Category Archives: Thunderhead Potting Soil

Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Soil Gets a Makeover!!!

1-IMG_2675-001Most of our Thunderhead Potting Soil customers are used to seeing our Green Cactus IMG_2747stenciled on the bag when you go to get your Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix.  Despite our great fondness for our Original Thunderhead Potting Soil Bag and the bright green Cactus stencil, the time has come to retire the cactus stencil.

Now when you visit Geo Growers or any of the area retailers who carry Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent, you will have to keep your eyes peeled for the NEW AND IMPROVED THUNDERHEAD CACTUS & SUCCULENT bags!!!

screenshot.74Most of our retailers have the new bags and if they are not out for sale now, they soon will be.  So do not be fooled or even confused when you see these wonderful new bags.

The best news is that while the bag has changed, the contents have not. Inside you will still find a premium quality Cactus & Succulent soil mix that is great for all Cacti & Succulents, seed starting, and container grown herbs.

So come on by Geo Growers and check out the New THUNDERHEAD CACTUS & SUCCULENT bags or stop by one the many local retailers who carry THUNDERHEAD CACTUS & SUCCULENT  MIX!!

The Natural Gardener
Barton Springs Nursery
Breed & Company
Tillery Street Plant Company
Great Outdoors

All carry THUNDERHEAD CACTUS & SUCCULENT  MIX!!

An Early Reminder….

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I know it is still January and the weather is still probably going to take a cooler turn at some point, but even I am starting to think about seed starting and other indoor gardening activities.  So here is gentle reminder on how to find Thunderhead Potting Soil. The Thunderhead Original is great for all types of vegetables and plants, and I personally recommend the Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix for all your seed starting.

So here is a not so gentle nudge about where to find the best darned potting soil around!!!

The best place to find your supply of Thunderhead Original and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix is right here at Geo Growers.

If you are no where close to us, but still want to find your favorite potting soil, here are some locations that carry Thunderhead Soil.

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The Natural Gardener Carries Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix 

 

 

 

 

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Barton Springs Nursery carries  both Thunderhead Original and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix. 

 

 

 

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Breed & Company carries both Thunderhead Original and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix

 

 

 

 

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Tillery Street Plant Company carries Thunderhead Original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And Planet K locations all across Austin carryThunderhead Original.

 

 

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The Great Outdoors carries Thunderhead Original and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix.

 

 

 

So find a retailer that suits your needs and get your Thunderhead Potting Soil Today!!!

Thunderhead Cactus Soil Arrives at The Natural Gardener

One thing we want here at Geo Growers is for our loyal customers to have an easy time

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finding our products. This means that our Thunderhead Potting Soil is available at several Austin Area retailers.

Now we have been lucky enough to add another local business to our list of places that you can find our soil.

As of today, December 11, 2015, you can purchase Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Soil at The Natural Gardener right here in Austin. IMG_2747

So stop on in and say hello to the nice folks at The Natural Gardener and pick up some Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Soil while you are there.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Gardening with Thunderhead Potting Soil

This looked very interesting and after reading up on the system it looks perfect for Central Texas. Not only does it conserve water, maintain itself, and make gardening fun, but it is a project that would work great with Thunderhead Potting Soiltomatoes+062214

The Grow Bucket Guide recommends a potting mix that “consists of Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, Perlite, Vermiculite, dolomitic limestone, wetting agent, and Mycorrhizae. Other Peat based or coconut coir soilless growing mixes will also work – but the addition of perlite and dolomite lime is recommended.” Alaska Grow Buckets seems like a perfect match  with the local climate and Thunderhead Potting Soil.

 

Thunderhead Potting Soil: Soil Structure

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Soil Structure

Three major components make up the structure of this soil: peat moss, perlite, and granite sand.

Peat moss is composted sphagnum moss. Its major function is to provide cellulose and humus for the microorganisms and plants.   It is also a dispersing medium for the major (N, P, K) and minor nutrients.

Perlite is a volcanic glass that is totally cavitated or porous.  Its holes and tunnels allow air and water to easily penetrate the soil. Allowing air into the soil is very important because microorganisms breath oxygen. The more air they can get the more active they can be. The more active microbes are, the more raw materials they can supply to the plants.

The third component is the granite sand. Granite sand is produced by the erosion of granite outcrops.  The particles of sand are shaped like boulders rather than being flat sided and sharp edged like builder’s sand.  These round boulder-shaped particles do not interlock the way sharp sand does.  As a s a result, Thunderhead Soil tends to resist caking, a major problem with most potting soil.  Granite sand produced by erosion enables this soil to be used indefinitely.  Thunderhead Soil can be reused anywhere for as long as you care to garden.

 

Thunderhead Potting Soil: Its Alive!!

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It’s Alive !!!!!!

Thunderhead Soil is rich in soil microorganisms. During mixing, the soil is deliberately inoculated with these microorganisms.

These soil creatures are responsible for decomposing cellulose into sugars and soiltransporting minerals and raw materials into the root systems of plants.  They feed themselves with the sugars they make and transport nutrients to the plants with the humic acid they secrete.  Because there is a wide range of microorganism inoculated into Thunderhead Soil, it is protected from disease producing microbes.

 

Microbes that cause root rot and others that cause stem rot cannot gain a foothold in this soil.  A mechanism known as microbial competition keeps such microbes out.  In other words, there is no vacancy in the habitat complex. The available niches in the soil structure have all been filled by a harmoniously integrated community of microorganisms.

Too Cold Out To Garden?

Indoor gardens bring fresh herbs to your fingertips for everyday recipes-even when the snow is piling high outside. Below are some tips on the best growing conditions and ideas for herb garden collections.

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CONTAINERS/MEDIA: Consider a larger container so you can grow a few different herbs. Just make sure all the varieties in the container have the same water requirements (some don’t, see below for ideas). The container should also have drainage holes in the bottom and a saucer underneath to catch the excess water. Fill the container with a high-quality, sterile,  growing media that is free of large particles and weed seeds.  Thunderhead Potting Soil is a great choice!! This type of media gives the herbs good drainage and aeration while also holding adequate moisture and nutrients. Thoroughly pre-moisten the media with warm water before you sow your seeds.

LIGHT/ENVIRONMENT: Because herbs need at least six hours of sunlight per day, they love a sunny south- or west-facing window or even artificial lighting. If you’re using fluorescent lights, which we recommend, use both warm-white and cool-white, 125-watt bulbs hung 2 to 6 inches above the tops of the plants. Then set a timer so the plants receive 14-16 hours of light a day (they need more with artificial lighting than from natural light). As plants grow, adjust the height of the lights and rotate the plants so they grow evenly. To really get your herbs growing, keep the room temperature between 65º-75ºF.

SOWING: Use the seed packet directions to sow the seeds into the pre-moistened media then cover the containers with clear plastic wrap to retain consistent moisture. Check on them daily for signs of growth and if the media is still moist. When seedlings have germinated, remove the plastic.

WATERING: Keep the media evenly moist. Once plants are established, allow the media to dry slightly between watering.

NUTRITION: Many of the commercial growing media contain a slow release fertilizer, so you don’t need to add anything to get started. After the first month, we recommend adding a water-soluble fertilizer every other week. NOTE: Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for fertilizer rates and then use the lower rate.

Thunderhead Potting Soil: The Nutrients

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Thunderhead Potting Soil is manufactured and sold by Geo Growers. Thunderhead  Soil is the product of over twenty years of soil making.  It is, of course, all organic. You will find that this soil —
* Strengthens your plants’ immune systems,
* Prevents the onset of diseases that enter your plants through the soil,
*Frees you from the chore of fertilizing,
* Minimizes need for repotting,
* Facilitates seeds starting,
* Is perfect for container gardening.

 

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The nitrogen comes from bat guano, a rich but slow-release form of nitrogen that has the full spectrum of trace minerals for sustaining healthy plant life.

The phosphorus comes from rock phosphate. A small portion of it is water soluble, but much of it is  in a slow-release form which must be acted  upon by micro-organisms and timageshe humic acid they secrete. This form of phosphorus not only stays in the soil a long time, but it also has a large array of trace minerals for sustaining life.

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The potassium comes from  granite sand.   Granite sand provides a long lived source of potassium as well as trace minerals.

The slow release nature of these nutrients enables Thunderhead Soil to be reused indefinitely.

 

Where Can You Find Thunderhead Potting Soil?

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The best place to find your supply of Thunderhead Original and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix is right here at Geo Growers.

If you are no where close to us, but still want to find your favorite potting soil, here are some area locations that carry  Thunderhead Soil.IMG_2978

Barton Springs Nursery carries  both Thunderhead Original and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix. 

 

 

 

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Breed & Company carries both Thunderhead Original and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix

 

 

 

 

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Tillery Street Plant Company carries Thunderhead Original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And Planet K locations all across Austin carry Thunderhead Original.

 

 

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The Great Outdoors carries Thunderhead Original  and Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix.

 

 

 

So find a retailer that suits your needs and get your Thunderhead Potting Soil Today!!!

How Much Potting Soil Is Enough?

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How many times have you wondered about the amount of potting soil you need to fill a flower pot or how many seeds you can start with one bag of soil?

Here at Geo Growers our Thunderhead Potting Soil comes in a 16 quart bag and a 20 gallon bag. It should be no mystery as to how much you need when it is time to repot existing plants or get your seeds started.cactus

It will be easiest to start small and work up to medium and large volume pots.

Here at Geo Growers we highly recommend our Thunderhead Cactus & Succulent Mix for all of your seed starting needs.  3.5 and 4 inch pots are probably the most common for seed starting.

Pot Size 16 Quart Bag 20 Gallon bag
3.5 inch pot ~76 ~380
4 inch pot ~33 ~165

If you are not interested in seed starting, but want to re-pot an existing plant, here are some standard medium size pots.  Thunderhead Original Potting Mix is great for re-potting a wide variety of houseplants and vegetable.

Pot Size 16 quart bag 20 gallon bag
6 inch pot ~13 ~63
8 inch pot ~5 ~26
10 inch pot ~3 ~16
12 inch pot ~1 ~6

 

So a quick look tells you that a 16 quart bag of Thunderhead Potting Soil will fill IMG_2748approximately 13 six inch pots, 5 eight inch pots, 3 ten inch pots, or 1 twelve inch pot.

Larger pots are a bit easier to figure out since they are not fractions of a quart, but this should help as well.

Pot Size Volume
8 inch pot 3 quarts
10 inch pot 5 quarts
12 inch pot 12 quarts
14 inch pot 18 quarts
16 inch pot 22 quarts
20 inch pot 28 quarts
24 inch pot 36 quarts

For larger volumes it is good to know that 1 US quart = 0.033420139 cubic foot.  That should help you figure out how much potting soil you may need for larger planters or pots.

The examples above are “typical” pot volumes, and some designs may vary considerably.